About Day Treatment

Rogers Memorial Hospital offers a day treatment program for children and adolescents ages 4 to 18 at three locations in southeastern Wisconsin: Milwaukee, Kenosha, and Brown Deer.

The program provides coordinated treatment services in a safe and structured setting five days per week in either morning (8 – 11:00 a.m.) or afternoon (1:00 – 4 p.m.) sessions.

Concerns effectively treated in the child and adolescent program may include:

  • Anxiety, isolation and withdrawal
  • Depression and mood swings
  • Self-harm
  • Complicated Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • School problems/avoidance
  • Psychiatric issues related to the experience of traumatic events
  • Defiance issues, frequent rage, outbursts or threats
  • Use of alcohol or drugs to cope with emotional problems
  • Multiple diagnoses

In addition to age-specific general mental health groups, specialized treatment groups are offered at our Milwaukee and Brown Deer locations for children who have experienced trauma, children who have been diagnosed with ADHD, adolescents with internalizing behaviors, and adolescents with externalizing behaviors.

Treatment team

Treatment services are under the direction of Jody A. Pahlavan, PsyD, who practices full time at Rogers Memorial. On admission, each patient meets with members of the multidisciplinary treatment team for a comprehensive evaluation that is used to develop a personalized plan of care.

Members of the treatment team may include:

  • Board-certified psychiatrists
  • Licensed clinical psychologists
  • Registered psychiatric nurses
  • Social workers/licensed professional counselors
  • Experiential therapists
  • Mental health professionals
  • School liaisons
  • Mental health technicians

Treatment components

We believe each child or adolescent has specific needs and will best benefit from an individualized treatment plan. A comprehensive approach is individualized to meet each patient’s specific needs and maximize outcomes.

Treatment components may include:

  • Psychiatric consultation and medication management
  • Assessment and diagnostic evaluations
  • Group therapy
    • Cognitive-behavioral therapy
    • Psychodynamic therapy
    • Play therapy
    • Experiential therapy
  • Patient and family education
    • Skill development
    • Education about diagnosis
    • Behavior management/Parenting skills
  • School coordination/Advocacy
  • Case management
  • Continuing care coordination

Family education

Families are an important part of the child’s treatment. Family members meet weekly to learn about the illness, its consequences, and to discuss the child’s behaviors. During these sessions, the child’s illness is considered within the context of the family’s communication patterns, value and belief system, rules, roles and expectations. The treatment team members assist the family in developing interventions to help the child and family reach treatment goals.


Communication among parents/guardians, community caregivers, and our staff is an important component of the program. With the proper consents, consultation regarding patient progress and coordination of services occur regularly. The school liaison also is available to attend school meetings to provide support in the development of effective education progress. Written communication is sent daily to both school and home.

Outpatient care

Children or adolescents who are currently receiving outpatient care are encouraged to continue treatment while enrolled in the day treatment program. With the proper consents, communication regarding progress occurs between the treatment team and the outpatient therapist from admission to discharge.


Transportation services may be provided through some insurance companies or Wisconsin Medicaid.

For more information about admissions or to begin a screening
call 414-327-3000
or contact the location nearest you.